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Course Overview

This course introduces students to all aspects of the educational research design process, main research methods and terminologies.  It will briefly introduce students to educational research resources including textual and digital resources.  The course aims to engage students in the process of critical analysis of published research literature of relevance to various educational audiences, in particular the evaluation of design approaches.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Archie Graham

Qualification Prerequisites


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  • Education (ED) (Studied)

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Course Description

• Introduction to research traditions and paradigms. • Research process: Key aspects of the research process; Stating research problems/rationale; Research questions/hypotheses; Design methodologies; Commonly used approaches to data collection; Analysis and interpretation Discussion, evaluation and reflection and reflexivity. Introduction to research methods and terminologies Introduction to data analysis software. Critical evaluation of published research designs All content areas will be exemplified with hands-on research examples of relevance to various educational audiences.

The course is delivered face-to-face. This course is taught through lectures, workshops and student-directed activities.

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Summative Assessments

Report on an evaluation of the design and methodological aspects of two research papers in an educational area of interest. (3000 words report) Resit: resubmission of written work.

Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes


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